TE-BO’s: There is not one who is “WORTHY” – a bloggers bitch …

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TE-BO’s: There is not one who is “WORTHY” – a bloggers bitch … 
| Author: TE-BO| Date: May 28th, 2014 |

the-eyeball-opinion6The bloggers dilemma is as endless as it is simplistic – express your thoughts based on the research and an opinion you wholeheartedly believe in, and then ponder how it might change the way people think.

For years I have been saying that Politicians are a symptom of the problem and not the answer to the problem.

Take Scott Morrison – Australia sits back and applauds his success at stopping the boats – but has he really solved a problem or just stopped it being Australia’s problem?

The same with the ‘tunnel vision’ Joe Hockey delivered in his Budget – his fix for the so called ‘Budget Crisis’ is to hack the funding of anyone who supported the climate change and carbon tax debate, and break election promises by cutting Education funding,  Health funding, Regulatory funding, and welfare/pension funding.  Then there was his ego driven dream of a $20 billion Medical Research Fund – [MRF] – to be paid for by anyone visiting a Doctor – these measures to fix what Hockey calls a ‘budget crisis’ are as nearsighted a policy agenda as is a night time military operation without night goggles – a disaster in the making.

Both these senior Minister’s suffer from bureaucratic oversell and a reliance on someone telling then they need to do a good job.  What is considered  ‘a good job, a well done job’  for a politician these days?

The critics of Hockey’s Budget are endless, the Human Rights issues associated with Morrison’s success are hidden from our media because they don’t want to venture outside their comfort zone.  The Green’s Hanson-Young tries to be a spokesperson on this issue but nobody listens to her anymore – she should wake up and turn the record over.

Thinking and inspirational Minister’s might have considered many alternative options.

Take the Budget for example – I’m aware that the end game being played here is perhaps an ‘double-disillusion’ option over the GST tax being increased as an alternative to the current Budget structure.  Abbott and Hockey are rolling the dice so to speak and they can’t lose because no one in their right mind will put the ALP back in power in any scenario.

Hockey has to raise revenues or cut spending to the bone if he wants a balanced budget by 2017-18 as forecast.  But why does he need a balanced budget?   Yes – the ALP were out of control with policy spending – but Hockey’s $12 billion infrastructure spend, and the $20 billion MRF are luxuries that should have been left until the Budget was balanced.  If the GST option was to be seen as a breaking of an election promise, then what is the ‘Debt’ tax, and the $7 Doctor visit levy?

No – both Ministers are schoolboys pretending at Politics –

Slamming doors closed in the face of hopeful refugees is not great for humanity – nor is indexing pension increases to the lowest growth index in the CPI, whilst the MP”s enjoy their ‘Parliamentary Tribunal’ as a conspiratorial referee for MP’s wage outcomes.  Once again the privileged enjoying what privilege offers.   Where is the generosity, the compassion, and the concept of fairness for those who have to find a way to survive without an income for up to eight months if you happen to be under 30 with no job?

  • Hockey can dine on his $50,000 designer chef lunches to impress the World’s finance leaders, but what does it get Australia as an end result?   Hockey does not understand that Leadership has to set an example – this is not a Monarchy from the dark ages where dissenters have their heads lopped off – as much as Hockey might want everyone to applaud his budget and stroke his ego – the premise for his MRF is a joke if he wants to be taken seriously.
  • Morrison has to know that the 45 odd million refugees in the world are looking for opportunity to start new lives.  Morrison should be looking at mass employment projects that could take large numbers of refugees as an alternative.  What could Australia do to engage such a workforce …  Governments are supposed to lead – to inspire – to forge new directions and paths.  They can change history if they get it right or wrong, sitting on the fence should not be an option.   Mandela was about the last truly inspiring Leader and look what he did for South Africa when he had the opportunity.   Gandhi was another,  and since then who – Kennedy maybe.
  • Abbott’s ‘wink’ experience represents much more than an idle reflex reaction.  I’m sure he regrets it being caught on camera, not that he winked.   The fallout is a measure of how the media can take something so ‘off-guard’ and turn it into a viral cycle of negativism … if there was no camera there would be no story – the intrusion of irresponsible media  hunting for a ‘kill’ story that puts the head of a senior politician on the block is a game they all play.   These media hacks are not serious people for serious times.  The world is complicated, it’s become a survival game and for the crims who get three square meals, air conditioned accommodation, free access to any vocational course they want, and when they leave this habitat, the risk of re-offending is only lessened marginally – they want back inside because they get a free ride, dental, medical, food, entertainment, etc … perhaps the crim’s have worked it out …

If a Government wants to make the under 45 unemployed work for the ‘dole’, why shouldn’t crims be put to the same conditions?  I’m sure many of the refugees who want to come here would work for far less wages than what Australians are paid.  So what is the problem – business would be happier, less Union activity, better production, better work ethic – are they not all something that would make all Australians a little more humble and respect the job they have.

We are insulated from the rest of the World in so many areas – we have a climate many envy, we have so much land mass, and yes we need workers to build the infrastructure for Australia to progress – imagine what building large dams on the Burdekin, and Ord River systems would achieve – combined these infrastructure builds with an irrigation system that turns all of central and fringe Australia into an oasis.   We could become the ‘food bowl’ to all of Asia and beyond.   Is that not inspirational?

It has been talked about but on much smaller scales – you will remember the issues associated with the Murray River basin and the use of its water resources that is still largely unresolved.   Well water availability is all that is holding back most of inland Australia – with hydroponic farming practices in arid lands leading the way – surely with our land mass we should be leading this area.

Just imagine the electricity generation with solar inspired power grids arising from the population growth in central Australia.  Again visionary and all talked about but nobody wants to commit.  The States want their share and the Feds want control … our Federation has to be seen as an obstacle in these matters.   Just like the ‘seam-gas’ industry – the States can’t live without the royalties but the environmental degradation is seen more as a Federal issue …

Politician’s are but mere ‘frat’ bullies imposing their insular and tunnel vision of how they see the world and what they can do to try and fix the problems.  If they had no entitlement to superannuation and no large salary – do you think they would want to be working as Public Servants answerable to the electorate every three years?

Hardly – most are ‘hack’ lawyers who could not make it in their chosen profession and turned to Politics because of the ‘gravy ride’ entitlement that lasts well beyond a 2-3 term career in Politics.   i.e.

  • Gillard has 15 odd years on a Parliamentary pension and her ex PM benefits of near $2 million value a year before she reaches aged 70 – and then it continues for the rest of her life … and if she dies her partner Tim the ‘Hairdresser’ gets to share in the spoils for the rest of his life.  You tell me if Gillard and her partner, with her alleged criminal and corrupt past, and currently before a Royal Commission investigation, deserves to be a drain on the public purse to that extent.  She served 15 years in the House – and left Australia some $300 billion in debt after just three Years as PM because of her failed policies – why should she be rewarded for an appalling lack of responsible Governance?
  • Senator Bill Chee – appointed to the Senate in 1992, won in his own right in 1993, and lost his seat in 1998.  He was 34 when he left politics and spent the last 16 years on a parliamentary pension to supplement whatever income he can earn in the private sector – it will go on for the rest of his life.

Why is the parliamentary pension scheme so generous?  Why did Costello gift some $60 billion of taxpayer owned assets to the ‘Future Fund’ [i.e. Federal Parliamentary Superannuation]  to cover under funded liabilities within the Fund?   There is no end to the need and glutenous wants of Politicians in a position to act on all types of insider knowledge to further profit from their position?

I say make them work for free if they have an existing wealth benchmark or not at all – did Kevin Rudd need to add additional income to his family’s already $200 odd million plus worth – what of Joe Hockey’s reported $10 million worth, Turnbull’s $100+ million, and the list goes on.   Why not stand up and say – if you have personal wealth beyond a benchmark – then you donate you efforts in serving your Nation – don’t they all get up on Anzac day and thank the fallen and living for their service to the Nation – there is no gratuity in that service – why should Politicians enjoy different options?

I learned today that Michael Clarke – Australia’s Cricket Captain earned some $2.5 million in salary and player bonuses in 2012, and an additional $4 odd million from endorsements and sponsorships.  At the time Clarke’s annual gross income was more than double the total value of a NRL Football Club’s player roster ceiling.

I have a poor opinion of Clarke, both professionally and personally, I think he is a boofhead and not a Captain’ asshole – he is all about the glitz and the glamor and it was Darren Lehman’s influence that is responsible for recent successes.  Oh – and it was reported in the same story that Watson earned about the same as Clarke from Cricket Australia. [source data – this was reported 2 years ago.]  Where is the ‘love of the game’ value – what happens when they lose Nation ranking status and Test Series’ … why not a bonus system where success earns higher incomes and non success earns minimal incomes across all CEO, Political, and Sporting codes?   Clarke had little influence in Australia’s form turnaround yet he is rewarded to the point where he received higher bonus payments than any other player.

It is all out of control – and for a blogger to offer commentary with respect for anyone with status deserving of respect – it is something I cannot offer nor believe is deserved.   They who help themselves when they hold a privilege position are nothing more than the lowest of the low.

Because of the limited powers of ICAC, Obeid may escape any financial punishment, and may even escape criminal proceedings because the offences happened more than 3 years ago.  Swan will never have to pay back a cent of his $300 billion debt legacy, and Joe Hockey can sleep and feast on the public purse never believing there is anything wrong with a $50,000 spend on a lunch to impress other World Financial Leaders.

If Hockey wanted an equitable alternative to his budget measures – a super tax on high income earners would be a start … say and additional, and incremental sliding scale of 20-40% on incomes of more than $1 million …  It would only be a token gesture because the Corporations and the Sporting bodies would absorb the tax hike with further pay increases to compensate … we can’t have our top earners out of pocket … but it would be seen as an equitable trade off …

These are the themes permeating in my thoughts as I hunt for a story that might make a difference – there is such apathy to all that is going on around us, an acceptance, angst for a day or so and then as the media throng move on everybody forgets and then the moment is lost … is is a conditioning and formulated to a precision.   When Abbott’s ‘wink’ went viral, everybody in the Government was tasked at finding a way to create the next big story to shift focus.   We just watch the news on recycled replay … in a word we are already living a ‘zombie’ type lifestyle immuned to emotional responses …

One thing that is still genuine is the emotion attached to State of Origin – and for all the ‘Blue’s’ willing their team to beat ‘the invincibles’ – it will be another year of despair.

P.S. [For all those Jarrad Hayne fans – he will have his moments in this series, but his contributions over the last 8 seasons has never been enough claim a series victory for the Blues.  Individually nobody can deny his brilliance, but League is a team game and no coach can coach a side to run with Hayne – he would be better off in individual sports where his natural and explosive talents would bring him greater reward’s and perhaps allow Parramatta fans to move past the Hayne enigma … this comment was for David and all his misery endured as a lifetime fanatical Parramatta fan …]




TE-BO: Political Corruption in Queensland – a special report by Alan Jones …

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TE-BO: Political Corruption in Queensland – a special report by Alan Jones … 
| Author: TE-BO’s Guru – | Date: May 22nd, 2014 |

the-eyeball-opinion6The audio link below is a must listen if you are a fan of Alan Jones and his unique way of presenting evidence against politicians involved in corruption …

The link to the audio clip play button below was made on the 8th May 2014, and in terms of the media coverage of these events in Q’ld or any other National media outlet – the news front is silent – I’ve not seen anywhere where any of this has or is being reported.

Having listened to this audio replay – all I can say is that to live in these times is to live in ignorance, and allow apathy to dictate individual responses.

If a fraction of what Alan Jones has uncovered is truth – than Newman and his Government are worse criminals than Obeid and his ‘band of merry thieves’, and the ‘Gillard tribe’ involved in the AWU scandal.

I urge you to listen and be amazed at the police type state we all live in but are blissfully unaware of …

Linked from the Alan Jones 2GB web site …


TE-BO’s: Budget 2014-15 – ‘Chicken Shit Abbott’ …

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TE-BO’s: Budget 2014-15 – ‘Chicken Shit Abbott’ … 
| Author: TE-BO’s Guru – | Date: May 21st, 2014 |

the-eyeball-opinion6The Prime Minister and the Education Minister Christopher Pyne were due to to “attend the official opening of a carbon fibre research facility at the Geelong university today, but the trip was cancelled after advice from the Federal Police”.  [source]

They quoted the ‘jostling’ Foreign Minister Bishop received at a WA University last week in the aftermath of the Budget speech as a reason.

PM Abbott was on National TV this morning stating that the increases cost of higher education won’t kick in until 2016.   He claimed that no increases applied this year, or for new students next year.

Who ever advised the PM to use this excuse as a means of mitigating the cowardly ‘chicken shit’ cancellation, is someone who has no grasp of the moment, nor the context of what the PM actually said and how stupid it made him look.  It was like saying that ‘why protest because these increases don’t impact on you’.  What stupidity – any one can see that the proposed budget changes are a backflip on election undertakings and the Government is in trouble and closing ranks behind intimidating poll data.

The students and faculty are not protesting about next years or current students, it’s the principal of the Government increasing education costs at a time when they had so much hope given the Coalitions election undertaking not to cut education spending and to support the Gillard Government Education forward spending.

To cower away from an angry student protest is as cowardly as it gets in this Nation.  You need to take responsibility Mr Abbott – the Nation is fed up with politicians saying what they need to say to get elected.   Accountability from politicians from the masses can only be about confronting politicians for the mistakes they make – mistakes in the form of outright lies and no honor involved when it comes so easy to go against what they said they would do.  It’s a betrayal of trust and the people have every right to show anger.   To deny them the opportunity to confront those responsible will only see the angst swelter and it will explode at some point unless the Politicians can come up with an alternative to the ‘Hitler’ bunker option.

You will have to face the ‘mob’ as you suggest at some time Mr Abbott – and using the Federal Police to give yourselves an excuse is cowardice and indicative of your guilt over the broken promises made.


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TE-BO’s Guru: Budget 2014-15 – ‘TRUST ME’ … Part 2: Politicians sell themselves before the Policy …

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TE-BO’s Guru: Budget 2014-15 – ‘TRUST ME’ … Part 2: Politicians sell themselves before the Policy … 
| Author: TE-BO’s Guru – | Date: May 19th, 2014 |

the-eyeball-opinion6The Part 1 of this 2014-15 Budget review focused on the new ‘Medical Research Fund’, and pointed to the ‘Future Fund’ as an example of this new trend in Government provisioning.   The ‘Future Fund’ set up by Costello continued under Rudd/Swan when three additional and different ‘Funds’ set up in 2008. Those ‘Funds’ are listed below: [source data]

Building Australia Fund The Building Australia Fund was established by the Nation-building Funds Act 2008. The object of the fund is to enhance the Commonwealth’s ability to make payments in relation to the creation or development of transport, communications, energy and water infrastructure and in relation to eligible national broadband matters. The Future Fund Board of Guardians is responsible for deciding how to invest the assets of the fund. Payments from the fund are determined by government, with advice from Infrastructure Australia, in accordance with the legislation.

Education Investment Fund

The Education Investment Fund was established by the Nation-building Funds Act 2008. The object of the fund is to enhance the Commonwealth’s ability to make payments in relation to the creation or development of higher education infrastructure , research infrastructure, vocational education and training infrastructure, eligible education infrastructure and to make transitional Higher Education Endowment Fund payments. The Higher Education Endowment Fund was discontinued in December 2008 and its assets transfered into the Education Investment Fund. The Future Fund Board of Guardians is responsible for deciding how to invest the assets of the fund. Payments from the fund are determined by government, with advice from the Education Investment Fund Advisory Board, in accordance with the legislation.

Health and Hospitals Fund

The Health and Hospitals Fund was established by the Nation-building Funds Act 2008. The object of the fund is to enhance the Commonwealth’s ability to make payments in relation to the creation or development of health infrastructure. The Future Fund Board of Guardians is responsible for deciding how to invest the assets of the fund. Payments from the fund are determined by government, with advice from the Health and Hospitals Fund Advisory Board, in accordance with the legislation.

New Treasurer Hockey just had to join the trend when he announced plans for the ‘Medical Research Fund’.   I am still to understand the balance between purpose and the real sacrificial cost Politicians impose on the people to set up these ‘Funds’.  It would appear that the only people who get something from these ‘Funds’ are the Fund Managers in fees and levy’s.

As explained in Part 1 of this 2014-15 budget response, the $7 levy Doctor’s patients will now pay for a visit will only be a fraction of what will be the higher costs for a visit to the Doctor.  The ‘gap’ cost in response to falling patient revenue will force the issue.  If Doctor’s see a 20-30% fall in visitations and in turn revenues, they’ll no choice but to introduce higher ‘gap’ fees to cover costs already established.

The alternative is to reduce their own income or lay off staff. Another announce that points to this Government’s attitude to the people came from Deputy PM Warren Truss who was quoted as bitching about ‘pensioners’ spending their super on ‘cruises and luxury items‘, and some 1100 pensioners a day moving onto the ‘aged pension’ because of falling super savings. There is an obvious double-standard that exists in that politicians who are allowed to access Government super entitlements when they leave office, and most do, is not something the people should be allowed to do.

The proposed increase in the pension age to 70 – is that about not allowing retirees accessing their super sooner to take those cruises and spend on a bit of luxury?

The burden on taxpayers to fund the Politicians superannuation scheme is there for life, and the pension for a politician is not dependent on their own contributions, but based on their highest ‘base level salary’ earned whilst serving in Parliament.  Truss is wealthy beyond most Australians because he is set for life by a superannuation scheme beyond what anyone outside of politics is entitled to.

The rules for politicians and taxpayers are so far apart – Abbott made a big deal about the $6,000 the ‘high-income’ levy [2%]  will cost him, and the 12 month freeze on MP’s remunerations… but what Mr Abbott was not asked about is why he plans to legislate pension increases be indexed to CPI and not ‘wage outcomes’.   That same ‘CPI’ index value does not apply to politicians and their wage outcomes.  Politicians have a Remuneration Tribunal’ to decide on parliamentary pay increases.  The incestuous connection is that the Tribunal staff all share in the pay increases they award to the parliamentary base’ salary.

Under Gillard in 2010, and after Rudd froze parliamentary pay increases in 2008 during the GFC crisis, this same Tribunal awarded increases to the ‘base’ salary for an MP from $128k to $195k by 2012, more than a 50% increase.  There was talk that to offset this large increase, MP’s overseas travel perks would be culled.  From this ‘Base’ wage outcome, Judges and all Commonwealth staff whose salaries are bench-marked off the MP ‘base’ salary received similar increases. The Parliamentary Remuneration guidelines have a separate set of rules to the private sector.   State Government MP’s are also indexed off Federal MP pay scales.

To see the historical Executive and back-bench pay scales see this link.

Hockey is dreaming if he thinks Costello is famed for the ‘Future Fund’ – within political ranks maybe so but from a public perspective – it is just another way politicians expect entitlement beyond what the people they govern have access to.  And this given the political corruption being exposed in recent years and still to come.  You would think that Hockey and Abbott would have appeal to the public over this political ‘entitlement debate, and gone the other way.  Why not do away with the ‘Parliamentary Tribunal’ and the whole Department as a cost savings and subject themselves to the same public Tribunal for future wage outcomes, and even put the same ‘CPI’ caveat on future increases they linked pension increases to.

The latest polls out today were to be expected but hold no weighting as nobody will vote ALP is a poll was held.   It’s a dissatisfaction poll result and as stated many months ago – nobody is smart enough to fix the problems the world over are facing from the GFC fallout.

The argument that our debt is the problem is a misnomer – it is the generosity of past Governments the world over during the last 30-40 odd years, all gifting the people election policy’s they could not fund to earn election victory.

Hockey should first realise that to turn our economy around, he first has to convince the rest of the world Government’s that they need to address their own debt crisis and follow his lead and find away to fix their problems – otherwise he is just pissin’ in the wind.   Some areas that need to be decided upon could be:

  • a global ‘western’ aging population, and some sustainable global population number,
  • a perspective on welfare spending that is sustainable rather than the give and take approach depending who is in Government,
  • fewer full-time workers to pay the tax revenues to fund Government’s into the future,
  • addressing election promises that are unaffordable, and unfunded,
  • the stopping of senseless ‘Fund Establishment’ funded from levy’s on taxpayers,
  • senseless political double standards – as an example, Hockey’s spend on a $50k lunches to impress other Nations, when the starving of the world are left unrepresented – since when does ‘food’ sway a politicians thinking …

There are so many areas where political thinking is askew – Hockey has the same Treasury bureaucracy that Rudd and Gillard had minus the recent Head of Treasury sacked under Abbott.   How could Treasury as a Department find the monies with such easy and without public accountability for the Rudd and Gillard spend, and then turn themselves into Hockey’s ‘razor’ gang and cut into the poorest in the Nation to help Hockey fund his ‘Medical Research’.  Monkeys the lot of them and not worth peanuts …


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